Faculty Advisors / Mark Spitzer and John Vanderslice
Mark Spitzer is a creative writing professor who specializes in poetry, creative nonfiction, and environmental subject matter. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses at UCA and is recognized as an authority on the subject of “monster fishing.” Of the thirty books he has published, recent ones include Investigative Creative Writing: Teaching and Practice (a creative writing pedagogy book published by Equinox Ltd), In Search of Monster Fish (nonfiction, U of Nebraska Press) and Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West (nonfiction, U of Nebraska Press). Forthcoming titles include Poetry Land (poetry, Salmon Press), and the edited collection The Best of the Sucks: High-Octane Poetix from the Legendary Toad Suck Review (MadHat). More info at sptzr.net.
John Vanderslice teaches both graduate and undergraduate students in UCA’s Creative Writing program. His teaching interests include fiction writing, travel writing, and playwriting. His stories, essays, poems, and one-act plays have appeared widely in creative journals, including Sou’wester, Seattle Review, Notre Dame Review, South Carolina Review, and South 85. His recent books include a short story collection called Island Fog (Lavender Ink, 2014) and the historical novel The Last Days of Oscar Wilde (Burlesque Press, 2018). He has also had several one-act plays produced onstage. His novel Nous Nous will be published by Braddock Avenue Books in 2021. More information about him can be found at johnvanderslicebooks.com. You can read his blog Payperazzi at payperazzi.blogspot.com.